Strange Japanese Sea Creatures

Strange Japanese Sea Creatures

Narrator: This is a place that you have probably never been. Suruga Bay, 70 miles southwest of Tokyo, off the coast of Mount Fuji. We have come here to where almost no one has ever been, the Bay’s deepest and darkest waters as we descend, we take note of the Angler fish. It can walk across the sand with fins that have elbows.

You may have an SUV in your driveway, but I am betting you don’t have a ROV. A remotely operated vehicle that is going to carry cameras that is going to broadcast pictures back to our home ship.

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Now, we are in the Twilight Zone where the sun never shines. Inhabitants include some exotic eels and a giant spider crab, the largest crab in the world found only in Japan. These crabs can grow to 12 feet across. They are also known as the “Dead Man’s” crab because they have been found gnawing on the bodies of drowning victims.

Now, let’s go even deeper. This submarine can descend down to 7,000 feet to discover creatures never seen before by man. These are the first known moving images of the abyssal cusk eel, a species of fish that can live deeper in the sea than any known fish. These are lantern sharks, the tiniest sharks in existence. They are so small they can fit in the palm of your hand. Finally, we are in the right place at the right time. In a rarely seen occurrence, we capture a female Chimaera in the process of releasing her eggs. See those twin sacs coming out of her body?
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